Merced Irrigation District - Parks and Recreation

 

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED  

  • Barrett Cove launch ramps and Exchequer Mountain Bike Park are CLOSED 3/15/24 – 3/17/24 and 4/5/24 to 4/7/24 for NICA MTB Race
  • A and B loop at Lake McSwain is closed for an Electrical Modernization Project
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Reel Deal Market and Cafe at McSwain – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Upper Store – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round.

Merced Irrigation District - Parks and Recreation

 

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED:

  • Barrett Cove launch ramps will be CLOSED 3/15/24 – 3/17/24 AND 4/5/24 – 4/7/24 for NICA MTB Races!
  • A and B loop at Lake McSwain is closed for an Electrical Modernization Project
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Reel Deal Market and Cafe at McSwain – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED 
  • Barrett Cove Upper Store – CLOSED

 Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round. 

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • McSwain Ramp – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 
  • Bagby Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – OPEN
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – OPEN

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED  

  • Barrett North Ramp – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Upper Store – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently permitted in contained rings and burn safe barrels. Propane and charcoal fires ONLY during wildfire season.

***Some rate increases will occur starting on 3/31/23** Day Use fees are all increasing by $2 – Compliance Fee raises to $50 **

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED

  • McSwain Ramp – TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR DAM MAINTENANCE 3/16 – ?
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently PERMITTED only in contained rings and fire safe bins. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round

***Some rate increases will occur starting on 3/31/23** Day Use fees are all increasing by $2 – Compliance Fee raises to $50 **

The following Park Facilities are OPEN:

  • All Campgrounds and Cabins – OPEN
  • Lake McClure – OPEN
  • Lake McSwain – OPEN
  • Horseshoe Bend Ramp – OPEN
  • Barrett Cove South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point South Ramp – OPEN
  • McClure Point North Ramp – OPEN 

The following Park Facilities are CLOSED

  • McSwain Ramp – TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR DAM MAINTENANCE 3/16 – ?
  • Bagby Ramp – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove North Ramp – CLOSED
  • McClure Point Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Horseshoe Bend Swim Lagoon – CLOSED
  • Barrett Cove Marina – CLOSED

Campfires: Wood burning fires are currently PERMITTED only in contained rings and fire safe bins. Propane and charcoal fires are permitted year round

Best Hidden Fishing Spots in Northern California

Best Road Trip Destinations in Central California Or Why Lake McClure and McSwain Are Top Road Trip Destinations

Feb 27th, 2023

If you’re looking for a scenic road trip destination that offers plenty of outdoor activities, look no further than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain! Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the two lakes are popular spots for camping, fishing, boating, biking and more. Here are four reasons why you should consider Lake McClure and McSwain for your next road trip destination:

1. Natural Beauty

One of the biggest draws of Lake McClure and Lake McSwain is their breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by rolling hills and trees, the lakes are a peaceful oasis that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re driving along the nearby scenic roads, exploring through wilderness areas, or
simply lounging on the shore, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscape.


2. Outdoor Activities


Lake McClure and Lake McSwain are both havens for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities to keep you entertained.
Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes, as a variety of fish species, including bass, trout, and more are present in the area. Boating is also a popular activity, with a marina and boat launches located at each lake. If you prefer to stay on land, there are plenty of biking trails in the area including the renowned Exchequer Bike Park.


3. Camping

 
Camping is a great way to make your road trip memorable. There are several campgrounds around the lakes, including the popular Bagby Recreation Area, McClure Point campground, and many others. Many of the campgrounds offer RV hookups and have cabins available to book for overnight stays. Whether
you’re looking for a more rustic experience in a tent or a comfortable stay in a cabin, there’s an option for every type of camper.

4. Proximity to Other Attractions


Lake McClure and McSwain are conveniently located near several other popular locations that you can visit during your road trip. Some of the many nearby attractions are in the historic town of Mariposa, which is home to museums, saloons, restaurants, and more. Be sure to check it out while you’re in the area!

We look forward to seeing you on your next road trip! To make reservations, click
here. For more information visit us at lakemcclure.com or contact info@lakemcclure.com